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Young Espanyol fan scribbles out Lionel Messi's name in homework

Espanyol captain Gerard Moreno has given a young fan two tickets for Saturday's home game against Las Palmas after the girl crossed off Lionel Messi's name in a grammar homework assignment and put his name instead.

The mother of the girl tweeted to Moreno a photograph of her daughter's homework, which included the sentence: "My favourite football player is Messi (which she crossed out and added Moreno's name next to it)."

She added: "Look Gerard Moreno, my daughter carries you in her soul!! She even changes her homework!!! ".

A five-time Ballon d'Or winner, Argentina captain Messi plays for Espanyol's city rivals Barcelona and has no lack of supporters with 90.5million followers on Instagram.

Moreno tweeted back: "How great is your girl! I would love to see her at the stadium and that is why I want to give you two tickets for the game against Las Palmas."

The 26-year-old forward has started in all 34 of Espanyol's league games this season, scoring 14 goals, a career best in La Liga, to help the team remain on course to avoid relegation.

UPDATE: Not only did Moreno follow through on his promise, but he also scored to secure a point for Espanyol; what a great day!

Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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